Para dressage

British Dressage has one of the most developed pathways for equestrian disability sport in the world, offering endless competition opportunities from grassroots to Olympic level.


Para dressage classes mirror the able bodied structure and are split into three sections – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Earn points from affiliated para classes all year round to qualify for numerous championships! 

Getting started

Para Intro shows are the perfect starting point to have a taste of BD competitions, you can compete at one of these as an Club Member. By taking part in Para Intro shows you can also earn points towards qualification for the Bronze Championships at the Equissage Pulse Summer Festival of Para Dressage.


Para dressage competition pathway

Take a look below at the para competition pathway, sponsored by Niagara Equissage Pulse, for para equestrian riders:

Championship Qualification period Championship date
Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships
Bronze, Silver and Gold titles to concluded the BD winter season.
1 July - 31 December  Myerscough College, 18 - 20 February 2022
Equissage Pulse Para Home International
Represent your region in an exciting team event.
Team selection through Region, find out more from your Regional Para Representative.  Bishop Burton, 7 - 8 May 2022
Equissage Pulse Summer Festival of Para Dressage
Bronze and Silver titles to conclude the BD summer season.
1 January - 30 June Hartpury, 23 - 24 August 2022
BD RDA Intellectual Disability (ID) Championships
The grand final following participation in RDA regional qualifiers.
By invitation following RDA regional qualifiers, visit the RDA website to find out more.  End of August
Equissage Pulse Para Gold semi-final and Championships
The conclusion of the summer season for Para Gold riders. 
1 January - 15 May Semi final - June
Championship final - Somerford Park, 15 - 19 September 2022

Further opportunities

As a para rider you can also apply for dispensation to use your compensating aids in able-bodied dressage, speak to BD Para Officer Natasha Pearce to find out more: